Item No. RZM BK-005
The Battle of the
by Douglas E. Nash
Virtually unknown in the English-speaking world, the Battle of Cherkassy
(also known as the Korsun Pocket) still stirs controversy in both the
former Soviet Union and in Germany. Although small in scale when compared
to the gigantic battles of Moscow, Stalingrad, and Kursk, the Battle of
the Cherkassy Pocket occupies a prominent place in the Russo-German War.
It was at Cherkassy where the last German offensive strength in the Ukraine
was drained away, creating the conditions for the victorious Soviet advance
into Poland, Rumania, and the Balkans during the summer and autumn of
1944. Eclipsed by a war of such gigantic proportions that saw battles
of over one million men or more as commonplace, the events which occurred
along the banks of the Gniloy Tickich river should have faded into obscurity.
However, to the 60,000 German soldiers who were encircled there at the
end of January 1944, this was perhaps one of the most brutal, physically
exhausting, and morally demanding battles they had ever experienced. Thirty-four
percent of them would not escape.
The culmination of years of research and survivor interviews, Hell?s Gate
is a riveting hour by hour and day by day account of this desperate struggle
analyzed on a tactical level through maps and military transcripts, as
well as on a personal level, through the words of the enlisted men and
officers who risked the roaring waters of the Gniloy Tickich to avoid
certain death at the hands of their Soviet foe.
Hard cover, Full color dust jacket, Size: 8 1/2" x 11", 420 pages, 220
photos, 14 maps
Retail price: $69.95